So Christmas is over, the new year has begun, you’re all full of hope and the possibilities feel endless. Nothing can stop you (besides those grey skies lurking about). Whatever your New Year’s resolutions are, we suggest you add to them – ‘Make the most out of Vienna…and life.’
Here are 11 things to do around the city to help you do just that in January:
For the love of the bean
When: FRI–SUN, January 10–12 (check out the program)
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
Entry: 13€ per day, buy a ticket
This one’s for the lovers of the bean! For those that want to bathe themselves in the brown nectar of the Gods! Ok, we’re getting a bit carried away – maybe we’ve had one too many coffees already today. Anyhow, this is the 4th time round for the Vienna Coffee Festival which will be showcasing Vienna’s budding artisan coffee scene. Coffee battles, workshops, demonstrations of how the bean becomes bliss – this is all in the program. For details, check the Facebook event.
Recommended if you like: love hearts drawn in your coffee, instagram worthy coffee, Flat Whites at breakfast, talking about coffee paraphernalia, worshipping the craft of coffee
Vienna’s music scene is especially kicking this January
Catch a concert this January
Several talented acts will be hitting stages and doing their thing in Vienna this month. Check it out:
When: FRI, January 24, 6pm
Entry: 45.90€, buy a ticket
When: MON, January 27, 7pm – 11am
Entry: 44.70€, buy a ticket
When: THU, January 30, 7pm – 10am
Entry: 44.90€, buy a ticket
FM4’s legendary birthday party goes off
When: SAT, January 18, 8pm
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
Entry: 38€, buy a ticket
The funky crowd from the beloved radio station FM4 will be celebrating their birthday in the second half of the month, and as usual, they’re hauling in some mighty talented music acts to celebrate with them. Check out their Facebook event for more details.
Recommended if you like: listening to FM4, having sex dreams about Riem Higazi and Stuart Freeman, having your nipples licked, sex with your socks on, parties at the Ottakringer brewery
Rock out at this one-of-a-kind Nordic Music festival
When: FRI, January 31, 7pm–12am
Entry: 21.30€, buy a ticket
If you don’t know it, the Ja Ja Ja music festival is when a bunch of kick-ass bands fly in from the icy cold Nordic and take to the stages of the WUK, where they warm up the Vienna crowds with their fine indie pop/rock tunes. Unique sounds to be found here, indeed. More details can be found on the Facebook event.
Recommended if you like: discovering music from different parts of the world, the style of the Nordic nations, moody music, making shapes out of clouds, day dreaming
Take up a daily ritual
The grey sky, early nightfall and puddles on the pavement are enough to get anybody down in the long winter’s month of January. Getting back to basics and learning to appreciate the small things again can be a good way of fighting back those winter blues. One way of doing this is by taking up a daily ritual.
A few Würstelstand suggestions:
+ Wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual and enjoy a coffee/tea/cigarette in silence, either reading the newspaper, staring out your window or writing your thoughts down.
+ Walk to work/uni or go for a walk in the lunch break
+ Regular sex
+ Switch off the computer at least an hour before bedtime.
Ok people, if you haven’t done at least half of the things on Vienna Würstelstand’s ultimate winter bucket list before the end of January, well, we might just have to call Omi Margaret to have a stern word with you, and a spanking. We could imagine she’d say something like this – Stop complaining about the cold weather, and get your ass outside and play in the snow! Check out the only winter bucket list for Vienna you’ll need.
Go ice skating!
There’s no other feeling like it – the cold on your face, a red nose, gliding over the ice, and on occasion falling in a puddle of melted ice.
Get your skates on and visit one of the ice skating rinks around Vienna. We especially recommend checking out the ice skating rink at the Wiener Eislaufverein in the center of the city or the famous rink at Rathausplatz, Wiener Eistraum. The atmosphere is perfect for winter.
Recommended if you like: doing pirouettes on the ice, floating instead of walking from A to B, making a fool out of yourself and not caring one bit, trying your cray dance moves out on ice
Plan your summer holidays already in January
When: THU–SUN, January 16–19, 10am–6pm
Where: Messe Wien
Entry: 14.90€ day ticket, 12,50€ online day ticket, 10€ for students, & various other tickets, check online
It’s winter, it’s cold outside, and there’s nothing better than planning your next beach holiday, right? So head to the Ferien-Messe, where you can find inspiration for your next trip. We’re sure there’s plenty for you to see there, and the hundreds of exhibitors will be more than happy to help you find your next dream holiday. Oh, and with your ticket, you’ll also be able to check out the Vienna Autoshow next door. Just sayin’.
Recommended if you like: planning, dreaming of exotic places and then traveling to them, traveling, reading brochures, stuffing your Instagram with holiday pics, secretly wearing your bikini underneath your winter clothing to help you imagine you’re off somewhere exotic
Pick up a book and start cultivating a reading habit
Winter is the ‘reader’s hour’, so we’ve heard. The weather can be pretty grim, and it’s very hard to find motivation to leave the house. It’s the best time to immerse yourself in a great book. Hot chocolate, a warm bed, and fireplaces go really well with a book. So why not take a book and head to one of those cosy cafés where you can sit by a fire and lose yourself in a book?! Besides, some smart people say that reading is really good for your health.
Recommended if you like: reading philosophy books instead of magazines, that weird kind of Nordic darkness, the smell of old books, the crackling of burning wood
Check out this exhibition full of selfies
When: WED, Jan 29 – SUN, Jun 21
Where: Kunstforum Wien
Cindy Sherman’s pictures are among the all-time classics of staged photography. With her work, which consists exclusively of self-portraits depicting herself in various situations as different characters, she tries to address topics such as identity, transformation and the myriad roles of women in society. A few years ago, one of them was sold for almost four million dollars at auction, making it the most expensive photo ever sold at that time. We wish our selfies were worth that much!
Recommended if you like: photography, important female artists, photos with a meaning behind them, taking selfies, looking at photos of other people on Instagram, getting inspiration for improving your selfie game
Check out the way this painter looked at people
When: January 31 – May 10
Entry: 11.90€ aged under 26, 17.90€ aged 26+
Do you like to keep it real? Well, so did the German painter, Wilhelm Leibl, one of the most important realist painters in Europe who was praised by none other than Vincent Van Gogh. His work revolves around the authentic portrayal of human subjects. To him, it wasn’t important whether a model was beautiful, but rather that the painter was able to ‘perceived them well.’ So there you have the proof – you don’t look ugly in photos, they’re just bad photos.
Recommended if you like: keeping it real, art, being artsy, important painters, looking at paintings for hours, wearing a scarf indoors that is elegantly slung around your neck, wearing spectacles you don’t actually need, using the word spectacles instead of glasses